January is a peculiar dining month in Chicago where temps plunge and locals begin nesting, wanting a recharge from the hectic holiday season. Omicron has added an addition unwanted variable to the mix for 2022, but that doesn’t mean Chicagoans can’t enjoy a great meal. Welcome to the first Eater Chicago Heatmap of the year where comfort foods, like pasta and soup, are easy to find, and takeout options exist for those staying cautious. For the January edition, there’s stellar sober bar in Andersonville, a unique French-Creole restaurant in West Town, the return of a red sauce legend downtown, and a celebrity chef’s flashy two-floor restaurant near the Chicago River.
As of January 3, the city has mandated that those ages 5 and up be fully vaccinated and masked at public places indoors while not actively eating or drinking. For updated information on coronavirus cases, please visit the city of Chicago’s COVID-19 dashboard. Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; it may pose a risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial COVID transmission. The latest CDC guidance is here; find a COVID-19 vaccination site here.Read More